The Wrath of Con: S is for Sammy’s on a Saturday

Well, needless to say, I survived Saturday at Comic-con. It was certainly a day that reduced most of the crew to zombie state but instead of brains, we wanted pizza. Our fearless leader made an executive decision and picked Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza as our eating destination. This required us walking a bit more than we wanted and we almost mutinied on her; if it wasn’t for the fact that we really had no other option for food…. Well, actually, it was more like our mushy brains couldn’t think of an alternative. Also, we already had reservations.

Anyways, our feet managed to stay on and we made to the door. Our group of 6 had to wait a few minutes while they got the table together but that gave us a chance to peruse the menu and decide our orders.

I used to frequent the UTC location quite a bit when I was in college. Back then, their menu was shorter and simpler. It’s expanded now to include more types of pizzas, pastas, sandwiches, and oh dear god, desserts. Because their ooey gooey messy sundae wasn’t enough?

Looking over the pizza section of the menu, the word “truffle” jumped out at me. Mew? It was one of their Artisan thin-crust pizzas…brie cheese with wild mushrooms and truffle oil. Well, that can’t be good at all… It’s not like I love mushrooms or truffles. When we were seated, I studied the menu more and saw a mac n’ cheese appetizer. If you don’t know by now, I’m on a never-ending quest to find the best mac n’ cheese. Sort of like Mario rescuing Princess Peach…”Your ideal mac n’ cheese is at another restaurant…”

Slowly, our food started arriving. First up was my mac n’ cheese and an order of hummus with Kobe beef. We did it up family style. The mac n’ cheese was cheesy and it had a nice crust, having been baked in the oven but it wasn’t spectacular. I would rate it as average. The hummus appetizer was great though; I loved the addition of the beef which was seasoned with Mediterranean flavors.

Our pizzas arrived and sadly, I was underwhelmed by my selection. I did have some concern about the brie being too strong a flavor but they used a fairly tame version. I didn’t get any truffle flavor at all and the mushrooms were meh. The crust was soggy in the middle of the pizza but had a decent crispness at the edges.

Most of the group was also unimpressed by their pizzas. Fearless Leader, who’s from out of town, stated that it wasn’t as good as she remembered and sadly, I have to agree.

I’m waffling between giving this experience 2 1/2 or 3 NOMs. I’ll give it 2.75…

Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza
770 4th Ave
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 230-8888
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